Doris Allen (politician)

Doris Allen

For the California political figure, see Doris Allen (politician).
Doris Twitchell Allen (October 8, 1901March 7, 2002) was a noted psychologist and the founder of Children's International Summer Villages. She specialized in development and psychodrama. Her career as a psychologist began as Director of the Field Laboratory at the Child Education Foundation in New York City (1932 - 1935). Moving to Cincinnati, Ohio, she founded and was the initial Director of Psychological Services at Children's Hospital and the Children's Convalescent Home (1936 - 1938). From 1962 until her retirement, she was Professor of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati and Professor of Psychology (Psychodrama) at the University of Maine. She developed the Twitchell-Allen Three-dimensional Personality Test for use in CISV research and clinical practice to portray personality dynamics, irrespective of age or culture.

She was married to Erastus S. Allen, a lawyer for Proctor and Gamble. Doris Allen had received four honorary doctorates for her international peace work in CISV and as a child psychologist. Her success in international exchange was recognized in 1956 when she was appointed a Member of the White House Conference of 100, which organized an international people-to-people programme.

The Doris Twitchell Allen Village (DTAV) student accommodation blocks at the University of Maine were named after her.


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